Five titles may be your pleasure of solitude
Time and tide wait for none”- absolutely, days and months roll in years. Two millenniums are now yellow and it is the onset of the second decade of the third millennium. At the dawn, the humanity as usual wakes up by the dint of vitality, stretching up its shoulders, rubbing its eyes and walks down to make a new resolution list to be approved in the forthcoming 2022. The nightmare of 2020 and 2021 are still whispering the lamentation for the irreparable loss due to unfortunate COVID19 pandemic. The gone events without the last ride will haunt in the remaining days. The two waves of the pandemic still not faded away, the possible outbreak of the 3rd or 4th wave due to Omicron variant has again become a burning headache for the forthcoming days.Amidest all these happenings, humanity washes its face, search the density of wrinkles in the mirror despite the uses of anti aging lotions, prepares a cup of soft drinks and sit down to write a list of resolutions in the smooth diary pages — -Agenda and wishes for 2022.Your wish list may have the pleasure of enlistment of five titles of books to expand your horizon.
Some books are to be tasted others to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested” (Francis Bacon). In the early time before the age of web and emergence of search engines, the pleasure was either to enjoy movie going to Cinema hall or outing in the country side to have the pleasure of the beauty of the nature. Reading book was the pleasure of solitude to expand the horizon as the horizon was not close like today in the global village fortified with Google, you tube, whats app, Instagram or other social platforms. In our old and golden days, the books are offered as gifts in the different social rituals. Books are the friends for all the times. You can have the pleasure of the five following titles to expand your horizon with the smell of the new books as bonus.
“Sapiens: A brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari
Yuval Noah Harari, an extraordinary genius, an Oxford scholar and now at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem deserves his recognition as a global thinker to explore the humankind by his vivid insight to observe the journey of the human beings through the multi dimensional approaches. The book comprising of four parts and each part again comprises of different chapters with in depth analysis as miner to mine the ore of knowledge with hammer of thought and analytical skills. The most enjoyable and stimulating agents of endocrine, the book is the pilgrimage of the human evolution as told by master storyteller, Prof. Harari. Homo sapiens sapiens is the biological name of the human species but 100,000 years ago, there were at least six human species inhabited the earth. The writer has explored the journey of the modern human beings defeating the others and the battle for dominance has been portrayed by his musical mystery of appetite. The urge to develop a society was the irresistible urge of the modern human beings. The story of built up of civilization along the banks of the fertile soils of the different rivers by the foraging ancestors have been stated along with belief in Gods , nations and human rights. From the cognitive revolution to the scientific revolution, the journey has been sketched with number of images and graphics is the hallmark of this title. If you want to know yourself in the mirror, this book surly may become the belongings in solitude.
“The Magic of Reality” by Richard Dawkins
Prof.Richard Dawkins is not mere a name but an institution who can answer many puzzles with his great and innovative thinking skills. An evolutionary biologist and emeritus fellow of Oxford, Dawkins is very popular name in the field of popular science. An atheist, he is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design. From the selfish gene to Books do furnish a life (2021), every title has its own radiance. From supernatural magic like the magic lamp of Alauadin, the stage magic by Val Valintino (one of the greatest magicians) of the earth to the magic of the reality as experienced by 5G connectivity to space shuttle, the book can increase the appetite to expand the horizon of human thought. The Sun, the twinkle stars, the glamour of rainbows, night of chilled winter, the severe tsunami to the miracle of coincidence, everything has been narrated garnished with poetic appeal. “Miracles, magic and myths-they can be fun” and you have had the fun if you have the venture inside it.
“Enlightenment Now” by Steven Pinker
Steven A Pinker, a Canadian-American cognitive psychologist is very famous for his evolutionary psychological thought along with crystalline intelligence. The Enlightenment Now-the case for reason, Science, Humanism and progress is a gem to enrich the values of enlightenment and every one will be grateful to acknowledge healthier and wealthier lives only by the dint of enlightenment of human beings. This is undoubtedly the new and optimistic view of the world despite a number of negativeness like war, pandemic and climate changes. Physical labor has been minimized, the mortality in general and child mortality in particular has been slow down, wars become less in numbers and the reason for all the positivity have been explored neatly by dint of reason, science and humanism. The book consists of three part- Enlightenment, Progress and Reason, Science & humanism and each part builds up the thought of diverse ides like Progresso phobia, Health, Peace, safety, Equal rights, Knowledge, Quality of life, Happiness and the future of progress with the deep insight of the symbiosis of reason, science & humanism. The book is a bouquet of optimism amidst the holes of negative thought and pessimistic despair.
“God is not great” by Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens, visiting professor in liberal studies at the New School in New York is thought as “Top 100 Public Intellectuals’ is famous for books like Love, poverty & war and Blood, Class & Empire like thought provoking. I am not an atheist having the belief of the almighty. To me, GOD is Genomic Organic Device who regulates the entire biological attributes starting from the zygote to death. According to the writer, the so called cultivated religion is man-made and tries to distort the very origins of cosmos. Hitchens has highly advocated the misrepresentation of the will of omniscient God to damage the humanity. He has articulated the origin of the different religions from the other sources. He has welcome the debate whether the religion make people to behave better. At the end of the book, he has put an open appeal for his readers of the need for a new enlightenment. If you have doubt about cause and consequences of happenings and role of GOD in this endeavor, your journey to 300 pages will be a matter of inspiring urge.
The Happiness Hypothesis” by Jonathan Haidt
Jonathan Haidt is a professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia has explored the pursuit of happiness of human beings through different types of intangible and tangible outcome. The cause and consequences of happiness has been measured in the light of different parameters like mind, reciprocity with a vengeance, the faults of others, love and attachments, the uses of adversity and the felicity of virtue. The happiness and the divinity with or without God have been also measured with awe. At the end, the writer urges the fountain happiness evoked from between.”Without contraries is no progression, Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are necessary to Human Existence” (William Blake) as quoted by author. Happiness — the state of mind is the outcomes of the multiple variables have been fluently written with the urge of balance of opposites.
So, you have made a number of resolutions for the 2022 but for the pleasure of solitude, if you have the wish to visit those titles to explore the beauty of wisdom, surly, you will be fortified much more than before. Wish you a happy journey